25042021-LT-01.qxd 24-04-2021 23:25 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DIST LEADS STATE IN TESTING, POSITIVITY RATE REMAINS HIGH PAGE 2 Ludhiana, which is among worst-hit districts with high caseload, has led state in Covid testing during past week. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 DHVANI LOVES THE ATTENTION THAT COMES WITH FAME JANHVI ISSUES CLARIFICATION OVER HER BRIDAL PHOTOS Singer says: “Vaaste changed it all for me. I was nobody. But after that people recognised me as I stepped out.” MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:01 PM PAGE 4 Janhvi took to Instagram to share a series of photos that featured her as a Gen Z bride on a magazine cover. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:47 AM SUNDAY | 25 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 50 FIRs for violating Covid norms, curfew Ten dead, 861 test positive Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 24 The Ludhiana police have registered over 50 FIRs against residents for allegedly violating Covid-19 norms or curfew orders on Friday. In a containment area of Dugri, the police have arrested two persons for allegedly violating the orders. One of the accused was allegedly found roaming without any reason in the Phase 1 area while another was reportedly found running his chicken shop. Both have been booked in separate cases under Section 188 at the Dugri police station here. The police also booked staff of a private bus for carrying TWO HELD IN DUGRI CONTAINMENT AREA In a containment area of Dugri, the police have arrested two persons for allegedly violating the orders. One of the accused was allegedly found roaming without any reason in the Phase-I area while another was reportedly found running his chicken shop. Both have been booked in separate cases under Section 188 of the IPC at the Dugri police station. 40-45 passengers from Haibowal to Bihar. The police claimed that they had allowed over 20 persons in the bus against the orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ludhiana. Meanwhile, the police have also registered a case against the owner of a marriage palace on Sundar Nagar as 7080 persons had gathered in the institution to attend the ‘bhog’ of a deceased person. In another incident, the police have booked an owner of a ‘ahata’ on Kailash Nagar Road for keeping it open after 8 pm. Unknown staff members of a wine shop on Kailash Nagar Road were booked for selling liquor during curfew. The owner of a liquor vend near Dandi Swami Chowk was booked for selling liquor after 8 pm. The police have also booked owners of a number of eateries, shops and others buildings for running businesses during curfew hours. A few were booked for selling juice after 8 pm. High demand shoots up oxygen cylinder price Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 24 With the rise in level-3 Covid patients, the demand for oxygen has increased four times in the city. As the demand has increased, the prices of cylinders have also witnessed a sudden jump. The oxygen cylinder that was earlier sold for Rs 150-200 is now being sold at double the price and sometimes even more. Although an oxygen plant was recently set up at the Civil Hospital but it has failed to cater to the growing demand of oxygen at the hospital and it has to rely on the supply from private manufacturers. The production of cylinders every day at the Civil Hospital is around 125-130 but the consumption at the hospital is more than the production, as a result the Civil Hospital requires 150-200 more oxygen cylinders per day. Deepak Singla from Laxmi Medical Gases said amidst surge in cases he was supplying nearly 600 oxygen cylinders to Covid centres across the city daily. “I am supplying 150-200 oxygen cylinders at the Civil Hospital and nearly 400 cylinders to other Covid-care Centres set up at various private hospitals,” said Singla. He said earlier the price of one cylinder was between Rs 150-200 but now they were paying double the price and if there was an emergency, they had to pay even more. Gagandeep Singh, MD, Weltech Equipment and Infrastructure Limited, an oxygen-generation unit, said due to the pandemic they were supplying oxygen only to the medical sector. Their 100 per cent supply was going to the medical sector. When asked about the price, he said there was no change in the prices. “Our dealer price is same, Rs 150200 for a cylinder, but we do not know at what price does the dealer sell oxygen cylinder to buyers,” he said. A doctor of a private hospital said ideally the prices decrease due to increase in demand but what is happening now is opposite. “Earlier a cylinder was sold for Rs 100150 but now the same is sold anywhere between Rs 400600,” he said. Owing to high nasal flow oxygen, a Covid patient requires around four cylinders per day. DC constitutes oxygen audit committee In the wake of a sharp increase in the use of oxygen for Covid patients in hospitals, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Saturday set up an oxygen audit committee to monitor the consumption of life-saving gas in the district. The Deputy Commissioner said the 11-member committee would be headed by AETCII Damanjeet Singh Mann. He said the committee was tasked to review the consumption of oxygen by the hospitals/other health institutions and the balance stock. continued on page 2 Man arrested for stealing bike batteries Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 24 The police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing motorcycle batteries. The police have recovered 25 batteries from the accused, who has been identified as Amandeep Singh, alias Girdhari, of Gurpal Nagar, here. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Division No. 6 police station. As per information released by the office of the Police Commissioner, the accused is a drug addict. The police said the accused used to steal motorcycles and sell their batteries to fulfill his need of drugs. Afterwards, he used to abandon the vehicles in various areas. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 5 pm: GT Road, Bharat Petroleum to Jugiana Chowk, General Mohan Singh Road, Sua Road, Mansarover, Kangnawal Road, Kangnawal village, Jaspal Banger Road, Neelu Colony, Texla Plastic Road, Hara Enclave, Nakhawala Bagh, Amar Udyog Road, Padam Motor Street, Raja Vanaspati Complex, Shivalya Street, Fittex Road, Raizo Road, Fouji Colony, Singla Colony, Aam Admi Colony, Mann Kanda, Jagdambay Cycle Road and Raj Casting area. 5:30 am to 5 pm: Hawas village, Jeewanpur, Mangli, Boothgarh, Sasrali, Sasrali Colony and adjoining areas. c m y b Khanna police act tough against violators Tribune News Service Gursharandeep Singh Grewal, SSP, Khanna, said the Khanna police had stepped up enforcement measures amid rising Covid-19 cases. People were being made aware about do’s and dont’s and innovative means had been adopted for the purpose such as release of short songs with the help of renowned Punjabi singers to convey the message to people in a simple and interesting manner, he said. He said the Khanna police have registered 46 FIRs under Section 188 of the IPC continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 24 As many as 861 persons tested positive for Covid, while 10 lost their lives to the virus today. Those who tested positive include seven healthcare workers. As many as 180 persons who tested positive are still untraceable. Total positive cases in the district reached 48,214. The active cases were 6,620. Five men and five women, belonging to Rauni village, Rajguru Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Kidwai Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Barewal, Sector 32 LIG flats, Preet Nagar, Ram Nagar and BRS Nagar, lost their lives today. The death toll in Ludhiana has reached 1,290. The number of patients on ventilator support was 26, out of which 18 belong to Ludhiana and remaining are from other districts. A total of 8,078 samples were collected and result of 361 is pending. The Mass Media team of the Health Department visited various crowded places, where they apprised local vendors of the precautions they need to take in order to keep coronavirus away from them and people who visit them. continued on page 2 18 stolen mobiles seized, 3 nabbed Ludhiana, April 24 The police claimed to have arrested three persons and recovered 18 stolen mobile phones from them. The accused have been identified as Lalit Kumar of Dhandari Khurd, Raja Kumar Sahni and Sarwan Kumar Sahni of New Durga Colony. A case has been registered. The police claimed that the mobiles were recovered from the house of Sarwan. — TNS A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Saturday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,39,324 48,214 6,620 368 1,290 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district SHORTAGE OF REMDESIVIR Owing to shortage of Remdesivir injection in the market amid the rising demand, the Deputy Commissioner has formed a team, led by Zonal Licensing Authority Dr Kulwinder Singh, to take strict action against those involved in the black marketing of Remdesivir. He said the team would submit daily inspection report to him by 5 pm. Remdesivir was not available in the wholesale market and even the hospitals were unable to procure the required stock.
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